Islamabad: Stepping up operations against terror groups, Pakistani security forces today sealed more offices of the Lashker-e-Taiba’s front organisation Jamaat-ud-Dawah across the country and reportedly rounded up dozens of its activists.
The clampdown, which started after sundown yesterday, with the group’s founder Hafiz Mohammed Saeed being put under house arrest, continued today with JuD offices locked up in other parts of the country.
The Pakistan government launched the operations after a UN Security Council panel designated the Jamaat a front for the LeT and placed four Lashker leaders, including Saeed, on a list of terrorists subject to sanctions like travel ban and assets freeze.
Interior ministry chief Rehman Malik told reporters that the decision to crack down on the Jamaat was taken by President Asif Ali Zardari after a series of meetings with officials of the interior and foreign ministries yesterday.
Special Superintendent of Police (Operations) Chaudhry Shafiq Ahmad told state-run APP news agency that Saeed had been detained at his house in Block 116-E, Johar Town in Lahore for three months.
A “heavy contingent of police was posted outside his residence last night,” Ahmad said.
A report said Saeed was detained under the Maintenance of Public Order Ordinance.
Media reports said dozens of Jamaat activists had been detained in Punjab province, cities like Quetta and Mansehra and other places but there was no official word on this development.